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LBE raising money for new playground

The playground at Longbranch Elementary was built more than 20 years ago. The school is raising money to replace it.

The playground at Longbranch Elementary was built more than 20 years ago. The school is raising money to replace it.

— “For the entire month of May, the students are getting pledges from family, friends and the Liverpool community. The Walk-a-thon will be an all-day event,” Williamson said. “Longbranch students will be walking during their “special area” time around the school. Each lap around the school is a quarter of a mile, and they will be keeping track on special cards of the number of laps. Some children will be walking several miles.”

Williamson and the Playground Committee are looking for the community’s support in making the Walk-A-Thon a success. And there are plenty of opportunities to donate to the cause.

“The students and their parents are putting a lot of time and effort into trying to raise the funds,” Williamson said. “If they ask you for a donation, please say yes. If you own a business, please consider contacting the school. We have many options to recognize your support to the community.”

In addition to the fundraising events, community members can also donate through a website the committee has established at gofundme.com/Long-Branch-Elementary.

Williamson said she and her family are invested in this effort not only for themselves, but for future students at LBE as well as the community as a whole.

“[My son] wants that playground now for himself, for his brother and sister and for all the students at Longbranch,” she said. “I have made this a lesson for my children. I have helped them be involved at the Playground Committee meetings. They are learning how to be good citizens and the importance of giving back to your community. They are learning how to ask for help from your community and the importance of striving toward a common goal.”

Williamson noted the importance of the structure not only to LBE’s 450 students, but the community as a whole, as the playground is open to the public.

“Children need a safe and proper structure for play,” she said.

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